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Design thinking and experiential approach a draw for notable MBA scholarship recipients

13 Dec 2017

A focus on design thinking and an experiential approach to teaching were major drawcards of the Business School’s MBA program, according to the 2018 BOSS Emerging Leaders Scholarship recipient.

Nick Harrington

Nick Harrington

Nick Harrington, an Investment Manager at Yendys Capital and Founding Director of the Manjeri School Project, was selected from more than 100 applicants to commence his MBA at the Business School next year on a full scholarship, valued at more than $60,000.

“After overcoming the disbelief that I had won the MBA Scholarship, a deep sense of gratitude overcame me,” said Nick. “It’s a real privilege and an honour to have won the scholarship and I’m looking forward to the program.”

The Business School’s MBA program combines high-level research with a practical, hands-on approach to learning. A diverse, high calibre small cohort is selected to ensure a variety of perspectives.

“I’m really looking forward to learning from the experiences of others in the cohort,” said Nick. “I hope to gain a deep understanding of how corporate culture is developed across lots of different organisations.”

The scholarship is a part of the BOSS Emerging Leaders program, which was developed by BOSS Magazine in partnership with the Business School to support and mentor Australia's future business leaders. The program has since attracted some of Australia's brightest young business talent.

“I chose the University of Sydney Business School because of the design thinking and experiential approach to teaching in the program. I’m a hands on learner and so I believe this style suits me best," said Nick. "Sydney also has the faculty pedigree and a long standing business school heritage which is important."

Chief Operations Officer of Young Australians in International Affairs, Katrina Van De Ven and Medtronic Business Development Manager, Michael Blenkin were awarded Social Impact Scholarships, which cover tuition for two units of study in the MBA and is intended to promote academic excellence of socially responsible leaders.

“I was delighted to receive the Social Impact Scholarship,” said Ms Van De Ven. “As a public and foreign policy professional and not-for-profit director, I view a MBA as the ideal opportunity to enhance my leadership knowledge and acumen, while also developing tangible business development and management skills.”

“I have always learnt best in an interactive environment and am excited to embrace the program's experiential learning environment and the associated opportunity to work collaboratively with my peers,” said Ms Van De Ven.

"Given my background revolving predominantly around a clinical setting within healthcare, I have always felt a need to build on my commercial skills as I progress throughout my career," said Mr Blenkin. "I see the MBA as a way to expand from an extremely specialised clinical niche,  toward a well qualified gerneralist with abilities and experience across a number of disciplines."

“The opportunity to have real-world discussions about real-world problems, in an open and engaging environment is one that I know will bring out my best, and I look forward to having my eyes well and truly opened along the way,” added Mr Blenkin.

Read the full story in the Australian Financial Review.

The BOSS Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship is a part of the BOSS Emerging Leaders program, developed by the Financial Review BOSS Magazine in partnership with the Business School to support and mentor Australia's future leaders. The program has since attracted some of Australia's brightest young business talent.